High Lord Francis Baxten of Baldur’s Gate is a male human noble and current Duke of Baldur’s Gate, the de-facto leader of the city.
Francis rules the city of Baldur’s Gate as Duke alongside the Magister, his brother Leopold Baxten.
Prior to becoming Duke, he was a general in the Baldur’s Gate army, where he led many battles against the barbarian tribesmen of Trollbark Forest, to the north. His hubris and flawed military tactics caused what was to become known as The Butchery On Troll Hills, wherein an entire battalion of soldiers – including Ander Blackbriar – were sent into a vicious ambush, with very few survivors. Ultimately, this failure brought an end to the conflict via a stalemate with the tribesmen. Though shrewd political maneuvering however, Francis was able to place the blame on the then-current Duke of Baldur’s Gate, High Lord Christopher Holliden, who was then stripped of his title as Duke and was quickly replaced by Francis.
Since taking power in Baldur’s Gate, Francis has earned a reputation as a cruel dictator, raising taxes, creating confusing new laws, and increasing the number of patrols within the city. He holds onto his power by using a combination of bribery and blackmail, ensuring that he has the continued support of the majority of nobles within the city’s political sphere. Both his political support and the keep’s coffers had been dwindling over the years, but it is believed that he has begun to receive gold from an outside source – possibly the Cult of the Black Star – and has been using it in order to retain his position.